13 May How to get to Cardiff for the UEFA Champions League Finals
Tens of thousands of football fans are currently preparing to descend upon Cardiff for the weekend of the UEFA Champions League Finals.
If you are travelling from overseas, here’s some help on booking your travel arrangements…
**In all instances, we recommend you book your journey in advance!**
Best option: bus
Cardiff Airport is only 14 miles (22.5 kilometres) from the city centre.
There is a bus service from the airport to the city centre that runs every 30 minutes, and accepts the British pound (£5) and Euro (7€ each way).
Bus timetable: T9 – The Cardiff Airport Express Bus Service
Traffic will be very heavy in Cardiff over the UEFA Champions League Final weekend, so we do not recommend taking a car from the airport. The city is small and easily accessible by public transport or by foot.
Best option: coach
Bristol Airport is only 46 miles (74 kilometres) from Cardiff.
National Express offer a direct coach service from Bristol Airport to Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, 5 minutes by foot from Camp Cardiff. Currently prices for Friday 2nd June as little as £13 one way.
Train: you can take a bus to Temple Meads rail station from the airport, and then a direct train to Cardiff Central Station, 25 minutes by foot from Camp Cardiff.
Driving: it is an easy drive to Cardiff up the M4 from Bristol, but please note the M4 becomes a toll road where it crosses the River Severn. The cost is £6.70 for vehicles with up to 9 seats each way.
IF YOU ARE ARRIVING BY CAR:
There will be a huge amount of traffic in Cardiff over the weekend, so we do not recommend hiring a car unless you are planning onward travel. There will be significant road closures in central Cardiff, parking will be limited, and Cardiff City is arranging a Park and Ride system at Cardiff Bay for visitors arriving by car. It would be easier to arrive by public transport as this will bring you to the city centre, from where everything is walking distance.
Best option: train or coach
Heathrow Airport: easily accessible by car or public transport. There is a direct coach from Heathrow to Cardiff Coach Station at Sophia Gardens (Sophia Gardens is a 5-minute walk from Camp Cardiff). By train, you would need to catch the Heathrow Express to London, then take the direct train from Paddington to Cardiff Central Station, 25-minutes by foot from Camp Cardiff.
Gatwick Airport: this route is accessible by both public transport and car. By coach, there is a direct service to Cardiff Coach Station, 5-minutes by foot from Camp Cardiff. By train you would need to get the tube to Paddington, then the train to Cardiff Central Station. Driving would take 3 hours via the M4 (toll road).
Luton: also accessible by public transport, from Luton Airport you could travel by coach, train or car. By train, you would need to take the airport shuttle to Luton Airport Parkway rail station, then a train to London, before taking another train from Paddington to Cardiff. If travelling by coaches you would need to change in London.
Stansted Airport: located near Cambridge, this is the further airport away from central London. We do not recommend this route by public transport. If you were to hire a car, it would take 3h 30mins to drive to Cardiff.
If you are arriving via the Eurostar, it is a quick Underground ride to Paddington from Kings Cross St Pancras before taking the direct train to Cardiff Central Station, or direct coach services are available to Cardiff Coach Station (Sophia Gardens).
FROM BIRMINGHAM AND MANCHESTER
Best options: train or coach
Visitors arriving on flights into Birmingham and Manchester also have the option to take the train, coach or hire a car. Trains from Birmingham require a change at Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central Station.
Direct services are available from Manchester Piccadilly (city centre), or take the train from the airport and switch at another station (Crewe or Stockport).
TIPS & LINKS
BOOKING FLIGHTS: Most flight search engines will allow you to search a few days either side of your planned dates. Travelling a day or two earlier could be far cheaper. At Camp Cardiff, it is the same price whether you stay 1 night or 3, so check out arriving early or departing later – it could save you money!
TRAINS: There are a few main train ticket sales websites, all usually have fairly similar prices. If you are on a budget, it is worth checking out Split Ticketting. With Split Ticketting, the website will search for your rail journey, but it will show if splitting your journey is cheaper than buying the whole journey in one ticket.
Buy your rail tickets:
Buy your coach tickets:
Remember, advance tickets are always cheaper and buying tickets on the day will be much more expensive, so you best off buying your tickets as soon as possible, they will not get cheaper!
JOURNEY PLANNING WEBSITES
VISIT CARDIFF also have some really useful information about how to get to Cardiff, including links to the major coach and rail operators.
THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT: DON’T DELAY BOOK YOUR TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION NOW!
We hope we’ll see you at Camp Cardiff!